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For site visits taking place at this time, please see below for our request for Covid-19 precautions.

Site inspections

All building works require site inspections during the construction process.

Site visits - Covid-19 precautions

Internal inspections can now be made subject to the following:

  • Visits will not be undertaken where a member of the household has Covid-19 symptoms or is shielding.
  • Face-to-face contact with clinically vulnerable householders (for example, over 70s) must be avoided.
  • social distancing will be maintained.
  • all internal doors will be left open.
  • windows will be opened.
  • The visit will last only as long, as is necessary to check the work.
  • If on arrival these conditions have not been met, the surveyor will not undertake the visit.

Prior to the site visit taking place, we will email the homeowner/builder and ask for confirmation by return that they agree to these conditions.

We carry out inspections to ensure that any building work meets the minimum requirements of the building regulations.

This should not be confused with a full supervision service or a workmanship / quality check service, which would normally be carried out by your own architect, surveyor or clerk of works. You should seek advice from a suitable professional for this type of full supervision, workmanship and quality inspection service.

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You, your agent or builder, are legally obliged to tell us when the work on your site reaches each of the statutory stages. You will need to give us notice in writing or over the phone.  These stages are set out below.

View LABC's video about site inspections for further information.

Site inspection notification

The following inspection stages are those for which the Building Regulations require the builder or owner to give formal notice prior to covering the work.  Inspections carried out are appropriate to the project in question, therefore not all of the following inspections may be applicable to your particular project.  In most instances, a day's notice is required although occupation and completion inspections require 5 days notice.

However, as a general rule, if a site visit request is received by phone for any inspection between 8.30am and 9.30am, our surveyors will aim to carry out the inspection that same day. To book a site, visit please telephone 01483 444545.

Statutory Site Inspection Notification

Statutory Site Inspection Notification
Stages of workNotice requiredFurther information
Commencement of work. Notice of intention to start work on site.2 daysThis could be carried out at the same time as your excavation inspection.
Foundation excavation. Prior to placement of concrete.1 dayMore than one visit may be necessary.
Covering of foundations. Prior to covering the foundation concrete.1 dayThis could be carried out at oversite or damp proof course inspection.
Covering of oversite. Prior to covering the material laid for the ground floor.1 dayTo ensure that the oversite preparation is adequate and the damp proof membrane has been lapped with the dpc course.
Damp proof course. Prior to any damp proof course or membrane being covered (including tanking systems).1 dayTo ensure the damp proof course has been laid correctly and at the appropriate height.
Drains laid. Prior to covering up any drain or sewer.1 dayIncludes all access, cleaning and rodding points. It is advisable to test the drains prior to backfilling.
Drains test. Testing drains for water tightness.1 dayAbove and below ground drainage, including fittings, should be tested by air or water test after being covered.
Occupation. Prior to occupation of any part of the building.5 daysOccupying a building before substantial completion may give rise to health and safety risks.
Completion. When all the works are finished.5 daysPlease note that no completion certificate will be issued without a satisfactory final inspection being carried out.

Additional Site Inspection Notification

In addition to the above, we would also welcome notice of the following stages of work.

Additional Site Inspection Notification
Stages of workNotice requiredFurther information
Floor structure. Prior to covering any floor joists or structure.1 dayTo allow inspection of the floor and its supporting structure.
Structural steel work. Prior to covering any steel work or reinforcement.1 dayTo allow inspection of the steel and its supporting structure including bearings and also to allow inspection of the fire protection of the steelwork.
Insulation. Prior to covering any insulation.1 dayTo assess the adequacy of thermal, sound and fire insulation.
Roof structure. Prior to covering the roof.1 dayTo allow inspection of the roof and its supporting structure.
Electrical safety (Part P). Prior to covering new electrical work which is not being carried out by a person registered with an authorised Part P competent persons scheme.1 dayFirst fix inspection to allow inspection of the installation prior to covering the work.
Completion of the electrical installation (referred to above).2 weeksOnce the electrical installation has been completed on site, notice should be given to allow our electrical consultant to inspect and test the installation.
Electrical safety (Part P) carried out by a person registered with an authorised Part P competent persons scheme.Not applicableWhilst we will not inspect the electrical work which is being carried out, we will require a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate to be issued by a person competent to do so within 30days of completion of the installation.

Site inspections are the same for full plans applications and building notices. Please ensure that either you or your builder notify us of all of the relevant stages for your particular project. Routine site inspections may be carried out by our surveyors without prior notification.